A NEW COOPER UNION: Ralph Rucci will be doing the honors for this fall’s installment of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum’s Design by Hand series. The designer’s Nov. 4 keynote lecture, which will feature a discussion with deputy director Brooke Hodge, will be held in the museum’s Great Hall. Attendees will be among the first to check out the Upper East Side museum’s $91 million renovations before its Dec. 12 reopening. There will be a series of workshops for all ages emphasizing the role of hand craftsmanship in design at the Cooper Hewitt Design Center on Central Park North.
Rucci, who won the museum’s National Design Award for fashion in 2008, is headlining the third round of the Design by Hand program, which is sponsored by Van Cleef & Arpels.
The museum’s director Caroline Baumann said, “It is empowering for the participants to explore how they might apply their individual, personal approach to the creative process. We are greatly honored to welcome Ralph Rucci, National Design Award winner, and his design team to Cooper Hewitt for what promises to be an inspiring week of programs for all ages.”